Dr Niko Kargas
Title: The Autism Research & Innovation Centre: Engaging and involving the wider community in research.
The Autism Research & Innovation Centre (ARIC) is a new multidisciplinary centre that is part of the University of Lincoln, UK. The ARIC’s mission is to create a diverse and inclusive environment where community knowledge and academic expertise merge and complement each other in productive and impactful ways. The centre studies and develops evidence-based innovative approaches that are used by professionals across education, business, health and social services with the aim of enriching the lives of autistic people and their families. To do this, ARIC is focusing on engaging and involving the wider community (e.g., agents from the statutory, private and voluntary sectors, their service users and the general public) in:
- the design, development, implementation and evaluation of our research programmes and activities
- collaborative grant applications
- providing an effective route to impact
My talk will focus on showing how having a centre that combines a range of multidisciplinary academics with a number of external agents, service providers and end-users, will ensure that pathways and routes to high quality research impact and dissemination can be innovative, academically and practically useful and embedded from the start. To demonstrate this, I will present some of the centre’s current research projects focusing on the development of innovative practices to be used by practitioners who support people on the autism spectrum in education, employment and social services.